Public Forum – June 16, 2010


Unacceptable Fire Safety
I watched the Texas IndyCar race on TV June 5. It was very good except for the accident with the bad fire.
The first truck on the scene took way too long and then they had some kind of trouble with the hose. When they finally got it to the car, nothing came out!
By then the second truck pulled up with a lot less trouble, except for being too slow to arrive. All the time they had trouble trying to get her (Simona de Silvestro) out. Too hot and I don’t think they had much on for fire protection.
If this were a two-car fire we would have been in bad shape. This whole affair was totally unacceptable.
Dave Murison
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Harvick Needs To Grow Up
In regards to Kevin Harvick taking Joey Logano out, Harvick has done nothing but complain about one driver or another, including his own driver Hornaday in the trucks.
Who knows what his beef is with Joey. He hides behind his crew so Joey could not find him. Guess he has a big mouth, but hides in his car and behind his crew. Keep your head up Joey, your day is coming.
Edgar Hancock
Columbia, Ky.

Another Harvick Opinion
I really feel for Joey Logano this season. Joey’s a nice guy and a good kid and unfortunately he’s discovered this season what many have known for a long time: Kevin Harvick is a punk.
Harvick wrecked Logano at Bristol in the Nationwide race, but in the age of the “new NASCAR,” I guess that’s perfectly fine. Now Harvick has done the same thing at Pocono.
It’s the same story. Reporters question Harvick about this stuff and he shows everyone his trademark smart alec smirk. Harvick wins one or two Cup races every five or six years, and I guess that makes him some sort of legend in his own mind.
Every few years Harvick throws a fit and threatens to quit the Childress team. I think Richard Childress should call him on his bluff next time. People call him Happy Harvick; I have a few other adjectives for him that cannot be printed in this periodical.
Ken Bagenstose, Jr.
Temple, Pa.

Come Back Soon USAC
We here in the Northeast seldom get the chance to see wingless sprint-car racing. Once a year USAC makes a swing through Pennsylvania (and this year New Jersey) and two weeks ago it delivered its awesome style of racing.
Although a bit disappointed with the car count this year as compared to what it was the first two years, there was no shortage of action and “backin’-it-in” as only wingless racers can do.
The crowds at each of the venues prove there is desire for more of this type of racing in the East. The first-ever visit to New Egypt in New Jersey drew a huge crowd, which was treated to a well-run two-division show that was conducted in two-and-a-half hours.
Thanks to the USAC drivers and teams who made the trip east to treat us to their racing. Congrats to Chris Windom, who woke up the Big Diamond Raceway crowd with an intense five-lap chase to the checkered to beat out Levi Jones by a radiator, ending Jones’s dominance of the series. The crowd was abuzz after the race had ended.
And thanks to the promoters who brought USAC to the East, especially Bob Miller and his Thunder on the Hill Promotions, who hit a definite home run at New Egypt on a picture-perfect night.
Hopefully the USAC Eastern Storm continues for years to come. I’d like to see more teams compete and more tracks join the series. I’m already looking forward to next year.
Gary Grim
Fleetwood, Pa.

In Response…
Is the Andy Stapp who responded to my May 26th letter to the son of Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Steve Stapp? If so, we share commonality on several fronts.
I am a transplanted Hoosier, have a fierce devotion to non-wing sprint car racing and most importantly also have zero interest in a slow or solar-powered Indy 500, a place I have visited since 1966.
We disagree whether the concept in my May 26th letter would be slow and boring. Maybe 20 gallons is not the correct number, but I think you underestimate technology.
If engineers are given a problem to solve, they most certainly will. Conceptually, my vision looks at new specifications for Indy 500 race cars in three basic areas.
Chassis specifications would be developed to allow a capable shop to produce a competitive machine without the need for a Formula One facility. Engine and transmission specs would be open to nearly anything, enticing automobile manufacturers and major suppliers to get involved, furthering their R&D efforts.
Aerodynamic specs would greatly limit aero ground effects. The result is a wide variety of chassis, with an eye-opening array of two-cycle, four-cycle or gas turbine engines, either alone or in combination with electric motors using conventional gearboxes or CVT’s.
These will punch a large enough hole in the air so that a brave and highly skilled driver with his elbows up will matter more than a knife-edge perfect wing and ride- height settings for a given day.
Admittedly the field will be somewhat slower than 33 well-tuned Dallara Honda’s, but certainly not slow and definitely not boring.
Brad Mehlinger
Derby, Kan.

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